Martin Keown has said on Football Focus on BBC One that Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson could well be worthy of an England call-up for the upcoming European Championships.
Wilson has been in fine form ever since returning from injury. And after his sublime brace during Newcastle’s 4-2 win over Leicester City, former Arsenal defender Keown, who now works as a pundit for BBC Sport, said he believes the attacker is now playing at the very pinnacle of his career and that such form could result in an international call-up.
Speaking on Football Focus on BBC One, as transcribed by The Chronicle, Keown said: “He was brilliant last night – and Fofana and Söyüncü are quick but his pace was a real problem for top defenders, they couldn’t deal with him.
“Wilson’s pace – running into the channel, I think he’s playing the best football of his career.
“We talk about England – Ollie Watkins was brilliant last week, Calvert-Lewin – there are lots of different choices and Wilson has come in late, he’s only got three or so games for England but it might be worth putting him in there.”
Wilson made the move from Bournemouth last summer and was Newcastle’s marquee signing. His immediate impact has seen him become a standout player at the club – and finally catered for the Newcastle fans who’ve been bereft of a classic number nine for a number of years.
The striker had missed a number of games due to his injury in February. But since returning from his hamstring injury he’s been in fine fettle, leaving some to make the suggestion that he be part of Gareth Southgate’s plans this summer.
Karen Carney joined in the praise with Keown on Football Focus. She said: “He was out for 8 weeks and in that time they didn’t win a game without him.
“What he gives is that counter-attacking threat, that pace in behind and that worries defenders – when they didn’t have him, there was no outlet, you can defend well but you need someone who is going to put the ball in the back of the net.
Wilson has been a standout player for Newcastle this campaign – he has scored 12 goals in the Premier League while helping his side by providing five assists.
But an England call-up would take some doing. The Three Lions already have Harry Kane, Ollie Watkins, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Danny Ings at their disposal.
If Wilson was to make it, it would be a huge testament to how he has performed his season under Steve Bruce at Newcastle.